Free Dark and Clean WordPress Theme: Designpile

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In this post we are glad to release DesignPile WordPress Theme, a theme designed by Site 51 and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme comes with 3 color styles and a couple of jQuery-based goodies. It can be used for portfolios and blogs as well as corporate webAs usual, the theme is free to use in private and commerical projects.

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Download the theme for free! Link

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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Features Link

Here are some of the features of the theme:

  • Widget ready (footer and sidebar),
  • Easy to setup, the Theme Options Page has 3 color styles,
  • Custom homepage,
  • Simple Post Thumbnails Plugin10,
  • 125×125 ads section with enable/disable option, using “WP125” plugin11,
  • JQuery Lightbox12,
  • JQuery Forms,
  • AJAX-based based contact form,
  • Live form email validation,
  • Theme Requirements: WordPress 2.9.1+

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Sidebar

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Content, overview

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“About the author”-section

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Comments

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Categories archive section

Thank you, Gabi Schiopu and the Site 5 design team! We appreciate your work and your good intentions!

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
  2. 2 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
  3. 3 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
  4. 4 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/wordpress-theme-designpile/full_preview.png
  6. 6 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile/doc
  7. 7 http://wordpress.site5.net/themes/designpile_wp.zip
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/designpile_wp_updated.zip
  9. 9 http://www.site5.com/wordpress-themes
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  13. 13 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
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  1. 1

    Thanks! Looks great :D

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    Thanks! Looks great :D

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  3. 5

    Awesome… Just what I wanted… Everyone suggested me a redesign for my blog. I wanted a clean and free, yet unique theme but never found one.. This fits like a charm. SM, Love you guys!!

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  4. 6

    Awesome… Just what I wanted… Everyone suggested me a redesign for my blog. I wanted a clean and free, yet unique theme but never found one.. This fits like a charm. SM, Love you guys!!

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  5. 7

    Thomas Craig Consulting

    February 20, 2010 1:20 pm

    Very nice theme, thanks.

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  6. 8

    Thomas Craig Consulting

    February 20, 2010 1:20 pm

    Very nice theme, thanks.

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  7. 9

    nice one
    thanks ^_^

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  8. 10

    nice one
    thanks ^_^

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  9. 11

    Looks nice! Thanks!

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  10. 12

    Looks nice! Thanks!

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  11. 13

    Very nice clean theme. Thanks share SM! Great.

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  12. 14

    Very nice clean theme. Thanks share SM! Great.

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  13. 15

    How about some Drupal themes, for a change? :-)

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  14. 16

    How about some Drupal themes, for a change? :-)

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  15. 17

    Looks Great i can’t wait to use it.

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  16. 18

    Looks Great i can’t wait to use it.

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  17. 19

    Helge-kristoffer Wang

    February 20, 2010 2:39 pm

    Awesome! I have to test this out!

    Thanks alot Smashingmag :)

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  18. 20

    Helge-kristoffer Wang

    February 20, 2010 2:39 pm

    Awesome! I have to test this out!

    Thanks alot Smashingmag :)

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  19. 21

    Lovely theme

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  20. 22

    Lovely theme

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  21. 23

    i have just installed this theme, and it’s great…but i have a small problem…i just can`t put page navigation in it…they just won`t show…i have tryed “Page Numbers” plugin with the syntax but no chance…wp-page navi the same…have any ideea?

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  22. 26

    i have just installed this theme, and it’s great…but i have a small problem…i just can`t put page navigation in it…they just won`t show…i have tryed “Page Numbers” plugin with the syntax but no chance…wp-page navi the same…have any ideea?

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  23. 29

    Awesome. That’s the most beautiful but free wordpress theme I’ve ever seen. Thank you!

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  24. 30

    Awesome. That’s the most beautiful but free wordpress theme I’ve ever seen. Thank you!

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  25. 31

    Nice theme, but is possible to get the psd of this one?

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  26. 32

    Nice theme, but is possible to get the psd of this one?

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  27. 33

    Looks good, but theme breaks if you don’t have wp125 installed.
    I’m guessing there’s a missing endif statement somewhere

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    • 34

      You just need to disable “ad section” from theme options page

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      • 35

        i got the same problem. when i activate the theme it gives a parse error. i don’t have theme options without activating theme to disable the ads section!

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        • 36

          It’s not the same issue. What do you mean you have a parse error when activating the theme ? on wp admin themes page ?

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        • 37

          edit functions.php; go to the end – last line; there is a php short tag ( <? … instead of <?php …. ) which not all systems understand.
          change that to the normal <?php .

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  28. 38

    Looks good, but theme breaks if you don’t have wp125 installed.
    I’m guessing there’s a missing endif statement somewhere

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    • 39

      You just need to disable “ad section” from theme options page

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      • 40

        i got the same problem. when i activate the theme it gives a parse error. i don’t have theme options without activating theme to disable the ads section!

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        • 41

          It’s not the same issue. What do you mean you have a parse error when activating the theme ? on wp admin themes page ?

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          • 42

            i mean as soon as i activate the theme a parse error appears that says there is an error on function.php line 212!

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          edit functions.php; go to the end – last line; there is a php short tag ( <? … instead of <?php …. ) which not all systems understand.
          change that to the normal <?php .

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  29. 44

    Lol…site5. Worst web host ever.

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  30. 45

    Lol…site5. Worst web host ever.

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  31. 46

    My blog definitely needed a new look, although I haven’t decided whether this is the one I want. It’s better than the default that came with my WP installation.

    I was not able to make the simple-post-thumbnails plugin work, though. When I copied it up to the blog with FTP, it did not show up in the plugins list, so I tried installing it from the plugin site, and WP gave a warning that it might not be compatible with the current WP version. I did find a thumbnail to use, and hard-coded it into the theme, along with some other coding changes. It’s supposed to be GPL’d but the copyright notice in the code does not indicate that.

    Any rate, I got some useful experience with installing and modifying a WP theme. Themes don’t look like they are terribly hard to write, so I may try my hand at one (in my ‘copious’ free time, that is).

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    My blog definitely needed a new look, although I haven’t decided whether this is the one I want. It’s better than the default that came with my WP installation.

    I was not able to make the simple-post-thumbnails plugin work, though. When I copied it up to the blog with FTP, it did not show up in the plugins list, so I tried installing it from the plugin site, and WP gave a warning that it might not be compatible with the current WP version. I did find a thumbnail to use, and hard-coded it into the theme, along with some other coding changes. It’s supposed to be GPL’d but the copyright notice in the code does not indicate that.

    Any rate, I got some useful experience with installing and modifying a WP theme. Themes don’t look like they are terribly hard to write, so I may try my hand at one (in my ‘copious’ free time, that is).

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  33. 48

    Great Worrdpress theme as always, but some Drupal coverage would be great :/

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  34. 50

    Great Worrdpress theme as always, but some Drupal coverage would be great :/

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  35. 52

    Excellent theme, at a glance – I’ve been looking for something dark. I also rather like the almost-black, free wordpress theme “brave-zeenat” at dizenoco [dot] com – a shootout will soon ensue. THANKS!

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  36. 53

    Excellent theme, at a glance – I’ve been looking for something dark. I also rather like the almost-black, free wordpress theme “brave-zeenat” at dizenoco [dot] com – a shootout will soon ensue. THANKS!

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  37. 54

    Wow! I am just blown away! This is one of the best free wordpress themes I have ever seen! Very Nice!

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  38. 55

    Wow! I am just blown away! This is one of the best free wordpress themes I have ever seen! Very Nice!

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  39. 56

    Nice theme. I’ll download it later and see what I can use it for.

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  40. 57

    Nice theme. I’ll download it later and see what I can use it for.

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  41. 58

    Exelent I LIKE!

    thanks Smashing Magazine

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  42. 59

    Exelent I LIKE!

    thanks Smashing Magazine

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  43. 60

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in XXXXXXXwp-contentthemesrockwellfunctions.php on line 223 !?

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  44. 64

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in XXXXXXXwp-contentthemesrockwellfunctions.php on line 223 !?

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  45. 68

    Really nice theme, good to learn from. :D

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  46. 69

    Really nice theme, good to learn from. :D

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  47. 70

    Awesome design! One issue though: when clicking the search bar, it highlights in orange around it very weirdly… anyone else agree?

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  48. 71

    Awesome design! One issue though: when clicking the search bar, it highlights in orange around it very weirdly… anyone else agree?

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  49. 72

    Nice design…could use it in some way for my personal blog. Apparently there is a problem with the “Ads”-plugin. If I set the on 2 colums, I only get one column of ads…but if I set it to 1, I get two columns :)

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    Nice design…could use it in some way for my personal blog. Apparently there is a problem with the “Ads”-plugin. If I set the on 2 colums, I only get one column of ads…but if I set it to 1, I get two columns :)

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